Dr. Rudolph A. Posey Sr., retired dentist


PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Rudolph A. Posey, Sr., 84, a retired dentist, died June 22, 2006 at home in Philadelphia.


Services were held June 24 at McClain- Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia with burial in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. The Revs. Bill McAlilly and Fred Britton officiated.

A native of Neshoba County , Dr. Posey graduated from Philadelphia High School in 1941. He was president of his class all four years of high school and received the leadership award. After high school he attended East Central Community College, graduating in 1943. Both years he was president of the class and was class favorite and Mr. East Central. He received the doctor of dental surgery degree in 1946 from the University of Tennessee. He was an army veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Dr. Posey was a member and past president of the Mississippi Dental Association. He had served in numerous other leadership positions in the association of district and state levels. He was a member of the American College of Dentists and had served as chairman of the state chapter, past chairman of the Tri-State Section of the American College of Dentists, member of International College of Dentists; member of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association and a past president of the association. He was a charter member and was instrumental in organizing the University of Mississippi Dental Alumni Chapter; chairman of the Finance Committee for seven years and member of the Dean's Advisory Council. He was a member of the. University of Mississippi Medical Center Guardian Society and past president.

Dr. Posey was active in church and community affairs. A member of First United Methodist Church, Dr. Posey was on the administrative board for 30 years, serving six terms as chairman of the board. Other church activities included four years as church lay leader; four years as chairman of the Pastor /Parish Relations Committee; nine years as chairman of the Policy Committee; and three years as chairman of the Finance Committee.

He had served as senior dentist on a Methodist dental mission in rural Mexico. The team was usually made up of about 12 members consisting of recent graduates of the University of Mississippi Dental School, junior and senior dental students and support personnel.

For 28 years Dr. Posey had been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and had served a term as president. He was on the board for eight years. He was a member of the board of directors of Leake Academy for eight years and had been active in the Arts Council and Boy Scouts of America. He was a charter member of the Philadelphia Country Club.

He was a longtime member of the board of directors of the Neshoba County Fair Association, and served as vice-president. For many years he was master of ceremonies and had introduced many notable speakers at the Fair such as governors, senators, legislators and candidates for president of the United States including Ronald Reagan, John Glenn and Jack Kemp.

Dr. Posey was a longtime Mason and had served in many capacities at every level. A member of Philadelphia Lodge 43 , he was a was a member of the Shrine of North of America. Activities include: Past president of the Neshoba County Shrine Club; past potentate of Hamasa Temple; past president of the Southeastern Shrine Association, the largest association of North America with a membership of over 200,000 covering eight states and the Panama Canal.
He served for 21 years a representative to the Imperial Council and for many years served on the Jurisdictional Lines Committee for North America and as chairman for 12 years.

Dr. Posey was a member of the board of governors for the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Shreveport. He was a lifetime member of Royal Order of Jesters, Meridian Court 147.

Dr. Posey retired from his private practice in 1992. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and tending his three-acre yard.

He was preceded in death by wife, Mary Dees Posey, and daughters, Infant Patricia Posey and Pam Posey Sharp.

Survivors include: son, Dr. Rudolph A. Posey, Jr. of Philadelphia; daughter, Jane Posey Giffin of Vicksburg; brother, Bobby Glynn Posey, Sr. of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Shriner Children's Hospitals thru Hamasa Temple, P.O. Box 365, Meridian, MS 39302 or to a favorite charity.